Union president Peter McInnis said Saturday evening in an email that he feels the university administration is unlikely to modify its position until a strike has started.
The union says it can't accept the latest contract offer from the administration because the raises on the table are well below the cost-of-living.
University president Sean Riley has released a statement saying progress has been made on many issues but the university believes the union's demands are not reasonable.
A spokeswoman for the administration was unavailable for comment on Saturday.
The St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers represents more than 400 members who teach and do research.